The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here two or three days later for those who could not attend in person. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.
OUR LATEST RECORDINGS
MARCH 9TH – AN INTRODUCTION TO EASTERN RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHY
Eastern religions and their associated philosophies offer a different perspective on life than is understood in the West. The Eastern religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, etc. – are based on Knowledge and aim for the attainment of total realization or the complete clarification of consciousness (Enlightenment). Roger Zim, adjunct professor of Philosophy at Sonoma State University, will compare Eastern and Western philosophies to increase our understanding of their respective methodologies. He will explain key terms to promote an accurate picture of the East and describe Eastern religious and philosophical concepts. We will also have an opportunity to experience some basic techniques that are used in Eastern practices.
Roger currently teaches Asian Philosophy, Comparative Religions, and Critical Thinking. He has a BA in Religion from UCLA and an MA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. Roger began working in this field of inquiry over 40 years ago and has extensive practical experience and knowledge of the techniques used in Eastern religions and the underlying philosophies.
MARCH 16TH -- SHAKESPEARE: A MAN OF HIS TIME
Shakespeare's plays were written over the course of a couple decades spanning the turn of the century around the year 1600. He began in the reign of the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth I, and ended in the reign of the first Stuart monarch, James I. We think of his work as universal. His insights into the human condition are so penetrating that they ring true today. Indeed, his plays can be staged in modern dress. But, like any man, Shakespeare was a man of his time. And in some surprising ways, his time was very different from ours.
Charlene Lohmeier will describe the times of Shakespeare and how they shaped the man. Although her graduate degree in English took her to a career in the finance industry, Charlene's heart was still back in the 1600s with the poets John Donne, Andrew Marvell, and William Shakespeare. When she retired, she began delving into the century under the reign of the Stuart Dynasty. She has taught courses for Sonoma State's Osher Life Long Learning Institute about this era and its fascinating people. She previously lectured at Oakmont's Sunday Symposium on the Evolution of the English Language.
MARCH 23rd – WHAT ALL BOOMERS SHOULD KNOW: HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
When to claim Social Security is one of the most important financial decisions that retirees make. The longer one waits, the higher the monthly benefit. But for a retiree with a short life expectancy or pressing financial needs, it may be best to claim benefits as soon as possible. On the other hand, waiting to claim Social Security can substantially increase expected lifetime benefits and help reduce the risk of outliving wealth.
Financial Advisor Marie Theilade will provide a brief history and current landscape of Social Security. She will discuss the eligibility rules for individuals, spouses, families, survivors and divorcee's; the myths of marriage and divorce and your benefits; the many creative "collection strategies" available today; and how to calculate the total expected benefits of the different strategies over expected lifetimes
Marie Theilade holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM designation from the College for Financial Planning. Her focus is on developing strategies for individuals, families and small business owners, guiding them to meet their short and long term financial goals and helping clients maximize Social Security. She is a member of WHAM: Women's Health at Memorial Hospital, a group of women in partnership with Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation who use the power of collective philanthropy and pooled resources to support projects that benefit women's health.
MARCH 30th – DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: THREE SIMPLE STEPS WHEN RELATIONSHIPS MATTER
Do you experience that internal quandary; how do I communicate my position AND keep the relationship strong? Unsuccessful conversations have led to break up of some of our greatest friendships, business partnerships, and relationships for reasons that could have been resolved. In this audience interactive presentation led by Angela Merola, participants will learn the three most important steps to confidently transform any difficult situation or conversation into a relationship strengthening opportunity. Learning how to handle energy-draining situations allows us more time to enjoy life and less time avoiding or stressing about how to have a difficult conversation!
Angela earned a BS degree in psychology from Oregon State University. She spent 25 years in Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, DDB Needham Advertising, and Barney (the purple dinosaur). Early on, Angela realized that the key to making a significant impact centered on a keen ability to bridge the gap for two conflicting parties so she completed certifications in managing conflict, negotiating, facilitating creative group thinking and business/life coach training. She speaks to entrepreneurs, conducts workshops locally, and provides one-on-one coaching to clients all over the country. She recently returned from speaking at the Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City. For the past four years, she has been ranked as the number one requested speaker for the American Society of Interior Designers.
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